Lake District National Park
Cumbria, England

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Buttermere church

The Lake District national park in the North - West of England covers 2,292 square kilometres of land, coast and water. It is the most visited of all the National Parks in the UK with over 15.8 million annual visitors and 23 million annual day visits. Once you have experienced it you will understand the reasons why!

This is a striking patchwork of lakes, valleys, woodland and mountains, known locally as fells and an unpredictable weather pattern which only accentuates the splendour of the scenery.  There are at least 200 high fells with the highest mountain being Scafell Pike at 978 metres.  This is a very popular area for climbers and those seeking all forms of adrenaline rush.  The high mountain biking take you over some of England's highest peaks.  More tranquil rides around the lakes offer the opportunity for seeing the remarkable countryside.

The Lake District has over 14 lakes and tarns with the largest being Lake Windermere which covers an area of 14.8 kilometres.  These make the area a popular destination for water sports with access to cruisers, steam-boats, ferries, kayaking, water skiing and wind-surfing or just a chance to splash about on the shore.  There is also 42 kilometres of coastline.

Walking enthusiasts are drawn to the area by the challenging hill walks and the more tranquil ambles around the lakes.  There is an extensive choice of walks, many of which were mapped by the famous British fell-walker Alfred Wainwright and are still available to guide walkers.

The dramatic landscape and picturesque lakes have provided inspiration for poets, artists and writers.  William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, JMW Turner and Wainwright are famously connected to the area.   There continues to be a thriving...

 

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